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Inspiring a Life of Significance

“Every child deserves the right to leave her own unique mark on the world”

Senior School Overview

Overview

One of Roedean’s greatest strengths is the standard of the academic programme at the school. Roedean is a school which is steeped in tradition and, while the curriculum that is offered reflects the traditional values of the school, it is dynamic, and continues to be both relevant and exciting.

A team of highly-qualified, experienced and deeply committed teachers work to assist Roedean girls to achieve to the best of their ability. The five-year journey through the national curriculum culminates in the writing of the National Senior Certificate Examinations of the Independent Examinations Board.

There is a wide range of subjects on offer, including a number of foreign languages. Each year, we are filled with pride when we receive the results of our Matric pupils as these are, without fail, quite superb. While we are always thrilled by a large number of distinctions, we often derive even greater joy from the achievements of those pupils who have required significant, sustained support to obtain their certificates.

While it is always gratifying that our pupils enjoy overwhelming success in their placement, in the courses of their choice, at local universities, we are also very proud of those girls who have gained places at international universities, as this illustrates the international competitiveness of the education offered at Roedean.

Although we follow the national curriculum, we do add extra value to it, striving to equip our pupils with the special skills that will be required in the 21st Century. With the present explosion in knowledge, pupils must be equipped to access, analyse and evaluate information; they require excellent cognitive and social skills. There is extensive use, throughout the curriculum, of Information Technology, and a special Cognitive Education Programme, which began in earnest in 2011, focuses on developing critical and creative thinking skills, and encourages self-directed learning. It also aims to develop responsible citizens who are aware of topical issues and are able to consider and evaluate possible solutions.

Pupils have the opportunity to enrich their lives through participation in an extensive range of co-curricular activities which lead to the development of leadership and other critical skills. Roedean girls are equipped, as they journey through the school, to lead lives of significance when they venture into the world.

Our Teachers

A team of highly-qualified, experienced and deeply committed teachers work to assist Roedean girls to achieve to the best of their ability. The five-year journey through the national curriculum culminates in the writing of the National Senior Certificate Examinations of the Independent Examinations Board. There is a wide range of subjects on offer, including a number of foreign languages. Each year, we are filled with pride when we receive the results of our Matric pupils as these are, without fail, quite superb. While we are always thrilled by a large number of distinctions, we often derive even greater joy from the achievements of those pupils who have required significant, sustained support to obtain their certificates.

International Success

While it is always gratifying that our pupils enjoy overwhelming success in their placement, in the courses of their choice, at local universities, we are also very proud of those girls who have gained places at international universities, as this illustrates the international competitiveness of the education offered at Roedean. Although we follow the national curriculum, we do add extra value to it, striving to equip our pupils with the special skills that will be required in the 21st Century. With the present explosion in knowledge, pupils must be equipped to access, analyse and evaluate information; they require excellent cognitive and social skills. There is extensive use, throughout the curriculum, of Information Technology, and a special Cognitive Education Programme, which began in earnest in 2011, focuses on developing critical and creative thinking skills, and encourages self-directed learning. It also aims to develop responsible citizens who are aware of topical issues and are able to consider and evaluate possible solutions.

Curriculum

LV & MV (Grade 8 & 9)

The Lower V and Middle V (Grade 8 and Grade 9) academic curriculum has been re-designed to reduce academic stress for our girls. Previously, Lower V girls studied 14 subjects concurrently, while those in Middle V studied 13. Most of the subjects were examinable and were assessed on a regular basis by formal testing. Many girls found such a large number of subjects overwhelming and struggled with the number of tests.

Cognitive Education

The Cognitive Education Programme underpins the entire curriculum at Roedean, from Grade 0 to Matric, and plays a large part in building an effective learning community, with the goal of producing independent, creative, critical, reflective, and ethical thinkers who will be equipped to thrive in the rapidly changing world in which they will work and live. The programme aims to develop and enhance the girls’ ability to exercise metacognition, reason logically, think strategically, solve problems...

Mathematics & Sciences Initiative

Advanced Programme Mathematics is an essential bridge between school mathematics and university mathematics. The evidence is overwhelming that girls who complete Advanced Programme Mathematics at school have a far higher chance of passing any university mathematics course. The subject, Life Sciences is an exciting study of life in an environment that is constantly changing. The pupils are encouraged to develop along three interdependent pathways.

IT Integration

At Roedean School (SA) our teachers assist pupils with implementing 21st century technological solutions to best prepare them for today’s and tomorrow’s world. We rely on a variety of carefully vetted and highly recommended educational platforms and software. As a community, we are continually redesigning our curricula and revisiting pedagogies to ensure that what we teach, how we teach, and where we teach those skills remains relevant.

FET Phase

The FET (Further Education and Training) phase (Grades 10-12) requires that our students select a minimum of seven subjects. We are in the fortunate position of offering, within our school timetable, the opportunity for students to take an eighth subject if they wish. The students use their thinking skills introduced in the Junior School and perfected in the GET phase, to explore and investigate various aspects of the curriculum.

Nurturing Environment

Co-curricular Activities